“In 2017, nearly two billion people drink faecal-contaminated water, increasing the risk of contracting diseases such as cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.” The World Health Organization has warned that contaminated drinking water kills half a million people every year and also plays an important role in many neglected tropical diseases, including intestinal worms, schistosomiasis and trachoma.

In Laos, more than 80% of households have to boil water before they can drink it. Although many people take this precaution, diseases caused by drinking contaminated water are still a major cause of death for children under the age of five. With a water filter at home, families can produce their own drinking water every day.

This year, more than 200 water purification filters have been distributed in Ban Mok Kok village by the Canadian association “Adopt a Village in Laos”. 25 filters have been donated by No War Factory thanks to your purchases.

The filters provide other beneficial effects in addition to the ability to defend against disease and combat thirst. Without boiling water, families can buy or collect less wood and fossil fuels, thus protecting the beautiful forests of Laos from further deforestation.